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welcome to our views on public television in america and also around the globe. we start with a depressing story out of oregon. a mass shooting at a community college. sayseight attorney general at least 13 people have been killed and at least it -- up to 20 others injured. the shooter is dead. james cook starts our coverage. >> it was just another day at another american college until this. and active shooter at usc. >> a recording of police radio gives a hint of the horror unfolding as officers confronted the gunman. -- he is inlassroom a classroom on the southeast side. police, firefighters
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and medics were flooding into the college and quickly the scale of what it happened was becoming clear. >> the suspect is down. we've got multiple gunshot wounds. we will need multiple any lenses on scene -- multiple ambulances on scene. >> for some, it was too late. the shooting was over within a minute. umpqua community college is just outside roseburg in oregon. the shooting was insider hall -- was in snyder hall. >> the active shooter was engaged by law enforcement and later confirmed to be deceased. our number one priority right now is to make sure that the scene is secure and the victims are treated. the white house and president
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barack obama have been notified the failure to restrict growth -- guns -- in a country awash with weapons, it seems nowhere is an island. i am now joined by lauren becker. >> this is still an active investigation. we know there are more than 100 officers at the cap is trying to find out what happened at about 10:40 this morning when that guymen enter the campus -- when that gunman enter the campus. 13 people have died and we understand up to 20 others could be injured but those figures keep changing every single hour. latest in anly the whole series of school shootings, mass killers -- killings in america. there have been 294 mass
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2014 where four people or more were killed or injured by a gunman. this as been a source of a greg to president obama who has not been able to crack down on gun control during his presidency. we may see more call for gun control in america. >> give us some scene setting. >> the campus is six miles from the nearest town, a small campus. the buildings are altogether so you can just walk between one another. when you see the picture it looks like a beautiful rural campus. it would've been all of people just starting a new term, what a horrible week to start. russian warplanes pounded
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rebels in syria, leading to a tense depomed medic standoff between moscow and washington. a syrian rebel group trained by the u.s. had been attacked. the white house called the russian strikes indiscriminate. hundreds of troops from iran have also been arriving in syria to fight on the side of the government. >> this is the russian airbase in syria. it is from here that russian fighter jets have been setting off on their bombing missions. moscow calls it their war on international terrorism. >> the airstrikes carried out by islamic state hit arms that those. we are preparing now, for our next exhibitions.
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but against to? the russians insist that their principal target has been the islamic state, yet many of the areas hit appeared to be held by other groups which opposed president assad. today, russia's foreign minister admitted that russia's target was broader than the islamic state. would specific groups in terror -- in syria do you believe to be terrorists? >> if it looks look at terrorist and asked what a terrorist and walks like a terrorist and fight like a terrorist, it is a terrorist. the representatives of the coalition command have always said their targets are all -- are isil, and other terrorist groups. this is our position as well. >> the americans don't seem to think so. >> continuing down a path of carrying out military operations
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in an indiscriminate fashion against syrian opposition is going to run counter to the stated goals of russia, because it will only prolong the sectarian conflict that has 20 country apart. >> the kremlin's objective in syria are not just military. they are also geopolitical. putin, airstrikes are not just a way to fight international terrorists, they are also strengthening russian influence in the middle east and showing the world that a resurgent russia needs to be reckoned with. there are risks. u.s. and french fighter jets are already operating in syria. russian bombers make syrian airspace more crowded and dangerous. moscow and washington held talks today on how to reduce the risk
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of a clash or collision. russia believes it has outmaneuvered the west in syria and that russian airstrikes will turn the tide of war a president assad's favor. >> the bbc has obtained exclusive footage of what appears to be the aftermath of a russian bombing in syria that left 18 people dead. according to activists, they were no islamic state fighters in the area and it was under the control of the free syrian army a group that received support among -- from americans. this contains images which you may find distressing. >> russia says that they have the islamic state firmly in their sites. on the ground in syria, a different story is emerging.
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this airstrike brought down a building's roof, trapping more than a dozen people inside. --als say the towns committee met here. the bombs brought havoc to this residential neighborhood. pulled from the gloom and covered in dust. today, here on the right, he is well enough to stand beside the man who rescued him. it was a massive explosion. it took about five minutes to get into the building. people in the rubble, their hands sticking out. there were about 10 people already dead. it is the free syrian army who are in control here, not the islamic state.
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the people have grown used to war, but yesterday was different. and thes terrifying destruction was one-of-a-kind compared to what we have seen over the course of the past four years. this is the first time we are witnessed such airstrikes. all residential neighborhoods devastated. here, russia claims it is launching precision airstrikes against i.s. militants. frontall landed on a lying free syrian army outpost supported by the united states. they aressians claims targeting the i.s. groups is false. there are no i.s. groups in the northern countryside. they are targeting the lines between the free syrian army and the regime. who is the enemy here?
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russia, like president assad, does not distinguish between the various syrian rebel groups. the last two days suggest otherwise. got -- whate ago i talk to spokesman john kerry in new york. the russians seem to be carrying out airstrikes against non-islamic state targets. notness prove that they are supporting a transition to another government? >> what we've said all along is that we want russia to play a constructive role against i.s. isil.- a.l. -- we do not believe they have been against isil and that is a concern to us.
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that is a concern that secretary kerry has stressed in his part. we would welcome a constructive role by russia against isil but there intense militarily -- their intent militarily is to prop up assad regime which will exacerbate the conflict, even rater along sectarian lines and it will not us get it -- it will not get us to the ultimate goal that we want a whole arrested secure.syria that is negotiations seem to have got not to a shaky start. have you find -- found out a mechanism? >> this is not about coordination, what we have said level, we seekl some measure of the confliction with russian military forces operating inside syria. the pentagon having knowledge this already, they had a -- had
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a discussion today for military to military with russian officials to begin to have those kinds of conversations going forward. this is not about the confliction, this is about making sure there are not incidents or mishaps we have to deal with later because we know that the russian military is now operating inside syria. there are some -- >> the are some reports that the russians targeted cia backed rebel groups. if that is the case, what kind of partner are they? >> i will not get into issues that the cia may or may not be doing inside syria. certainly any groups that may or may not be working with, that is not my place to speak to. providedact we have measures of support to various opposition groups in syria and we will continue to do that. principally, those anti-isil -- what we the north
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can say is initially, these targets are not i sold targets. they do to -- do appear to be aimed at groups opposing the assad regime. we are doing an analysis on this so i don't think we're great hitity on exactly what they but as i said at the outset, if the goal is to target groups that are in opposition to assad, and therefore prop up assad regime and make it easier for him to continue brutalizing his people, that will not get as to what needs to happen inside syria. what we are trying to work with with our partners in europe and the middle east and eventually, with russia, is coming up with the parameters for a political transition in area that will end with a government that is responsive to the syrian people. that's what our focus ought to be. that is what we are trying to get to. there will said that not be a military solution to the conflict in syria.
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russia have seen is that is trying to drive a military solution and we'll believe that will be successful. >> john kerry, thank you so much for joining us. >> in other news from around the world, more than 460 iranian citizens are now thought to have been killed in the hajj pilgrimage last week. pilgrims died in the crush said the victims was higher. israeli prime ministers warned that the international deal on iran's nuclear presence makes war more likely than peace. -- amin netanyahu unleashed he said iran would go on the prowl demanding more and more prey. officials in the u.s. have warned that hurricane joaquin
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has strengthened to a category four storm. it is the third hurricane of a storm season and it could reach the u.s. east coast by sunday. you are watching bbc world news america. still to come, getting a view from the ground in kunduz. the afghan city has been taken from a taliban, there are few signs of the battle being over. 85 years since amy johnson became the first woman to fly solo to australia. another pilot tried re-creating the epic journey. >> takeoff on an epic journey into history. heading tocy taylor australia and a place among aviation lesson -- legends. flying,n of 30 years of
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she has flown her vintage black -- biplane around the world, but never across it. is, 85 years later, she following in the footsteps of amy johnson, the first woman to fly from britain to australia. >> is my tribute to amy johnson who is one of the most outstanding figures in british aviation. it was in 1930 the 26-year-old amy johnson became the first woman to fly from britain to australia. 19 days of adventure, crashes, pioneering. is just wonderful of you all to turn out in such numbers to welcome me here. flyingy taylor curtis is in 1942 boeing steel bird on the same journey. this time it will be 13,000 miles, avoiding syria and iraq among other world trouble spots.
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rudder,, stick and seeded pants, this is as exposed as flying gets. she is is thh moment following in the footsteps of amy johnson. a 13,000 mile journey to the other side of the world and into the history books. ♪ it was a story of competing clans in afghanistan today. the government said its forces had taken control of a city of kunduz days after the taliban had raised its flag there. the taliban denied that, saying it still controlled most of the city and the surrounding districts. we have been close to the action. flying over northern
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afghanistan, just hours after the government announced it had retaken kunduz. we want to see for ourselves what the situation is in the citt. is clear, even before we land, that the conflict is not over. taken to the army hq in the airport complex. >> afghan special forces soldiers say it was a tough battle. amongst the afghans, a german, american, dutch and british soldiers to advise. >> the moment i saw -- all aroundtaliban the complex the general said, he is in charge of afghan forces and said they thought them through the night and by dawn, have the advantage. he admits there are still tell a ban in kunduz -- there are still
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taliban in kunduz. he is anxious about taking us into the city. when we finally leave, it is in humvees, evidence of just how worried they are. this is as far as they are taking us, we are on the edge of kunduz. they are clearly worried about the security situation in the city, and they are not willing to go further than this. they are anxious about having us out for this length of time. there is a cluster of corpses of taliban soldiers there. the front line is just to my right and they are telling me now we need to get back into the vehicles. back, we passed a wreckage of the vehicle those men were in. it is clear the battle for kunduz has not yet been won.
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instability still in afghanistan. these days there is more crossover between east and west. this maestro wants to make classical music part of that exchange. he is the director of the china stashed china harmonic orchestra. tonight he will receive the atlantic council global award. i caught up with him in new york and started by asking him how he got the idea of promoting cultural understanding through music. >> windows -- when i was in , ilin studying the late 80's suddenly feel very strongly -- i get back these feelings about music and the culture of china very strongly.
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at the same time, i see more about the western cultures. of bothto thinking cultures being together and to understand each other. >> that was a like growing up during the cultural revolution in china when you could not embrace western music? >> we certainly played a lot of chinese music, and it was very interesting. sograndfather is a composer, chineseanged a lot of music like folksongs and for me to practice my finger on the keyboard. sometimes, when he has good mood, he taught me something about classical music and a few very -- i am curious to
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understand other parts of the culture. >> you had this very ambitious project where you are trying to get 20 new works by chinese composers performed here in the west and vice versa. how is that working out? was totally9, there only western orchestras because before the revolution, only the western played in china. people understand more about how the culture and especially the music, how it's very important and how we can bring both sides together to commission composers and performance -- performers. it's a major work today. music. about classical
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[indiscernible] >> that is your vision behind this 2020 work. >> we can really start up a dialogue between both sides and look at how chinese musicians see about the world and how on the international other western cultures see about china, asia or whatever and from there, -- from their heart and feelings. it is the only platform for asia nations andsterly we started journey together. his vision for music, promoting cultural understanding between east and west. you can find much more on today's news.
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening. i'm judy woodruff. gwen ifill is away. a heartbreaking tragedy on an oregon college campus. the latest on a shooting that left at least seven dead and some 20 others wounded. also tonight, russia says its airstrikes in syria target terrorist groups like the islamic state, while u.s. officials question who's actually in the crosshairs. >> russians were very clear publicly that they were going to strike isil. we don't believe that they struck isil targets. that's the problem. >> woodruff: plus, a rare bipartisan push. a new bill that proposes reforms to jail sentences, and how the u.s. metes out justice.


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